Tuesday, August 25, 2015

The One Thing by Marci Lyn Curtis

the one thing
The One Thing by Marci Lyn Curtis
Released: September 8th  2015
Source: ARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review

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Maggie Sanders might be blind, but she won't invite anyone to her pity party. Ever since losing her sight six months ago, Maggie's rebellious streak has taken on a life of its own, culminating with an elaborate school prank. Maggie called it genius. The judge called it illegal.

Now Maggie has a probation officer. But she isn't interested in rehabilitation, not when she's still mourning the loss of her professional-soccer dreams, and furious at her so-called friends, who lost interest in her as soon as she could no longer lead the team to victory.

Then Maggie's whole world is turned upside down. Somehow, incredibly, she can see again. But only one person: Ben, a precocious ten-year-old unlike anyone she's ever met. Ben's life isn't easy, but he doesn't see limits, only possibilities. After awhile, Maggie starts to realize that losing her sight doesn't have to mean losing everything she dreamed of. Even if what she's currently dreaming of is Mason Milton, the magnetic lead singer of Maggie's new favorite band, who just happens to be Ben's brother.

But when she learns the real reason she can see Ben, Maggie must find the courage to face a once-unimaginable future...before she loses everything she has grown to love. (from Goodreads)

I've written and re-written this review about twelve times because I just can't seem to express how much and why I love this book. All the words aren't coming out right! So I'm just going to say it:

I love The One Thing.

It has more than just one thing. Pun intended! There is an adorable friendship that makes me so happy inside. There is romance. Dealing with blindness. Parent issues. Tested friendships. Self discovery. Heartbreak. Music. Miracles. Pistachio ice cream!

Maggie Sanders was a fun character to read. She's blind, but that just means her voice has to be louder. In fact she's pissed about all the adjustments she's had to make upon being blinded by a case of meningitis some six months prior. The girl had plans, she had a life, and then... she didn't. Now all she has is a grudge and a raging sense of sarcasm. Until she meets Ben, a precocious, ten year old boy who has a few problems of his own. And I love this kid. I don't think I have ever been so enthralled by such an odd-ball relationship as the one that Maggie and Ben share. Ben is so full of enthusiasm and joy and hope, all the things that Maggie hasn't felt since she lost her sight. With Maggie's smart ass quips and Ben's humor, I couldn't put the book down until I got to the next scene they shared together, and then the next... and the next. Needless to say there came a point where I binge-read all night!

And then there is Mason, Ben's older brother who just so happens to be the lead singer in Maggie's favorite band. Of course, Mason finds Maggie suspicious. A 17-yr old girl suddenly hanging out with a 10 yr-old kid, who just so happens to be wearing a fangirl t-shirt when Ben introduces them? Yeah. Mason kind of loathes his brother's "new friend" from the moment they meet. But my second favorite part of this book is how these two evolve, together and separately.

There is so much going on in Maggie's life right now, a lot of it catalyzed by Ben. It was incredible to see her juggle so many various problems at once, while still figuring out how to live with being blind. Maggie's story is inspiring. My only wish for this book is that it was longer. I would have loved to see MORE. Go into all of these serious issues just a little bit MORE. This is a personal preference. It was written so well, full to the brim with Maggie's unique voice. I felt everything that Maggie wanted me to feel. But I am a greedy reader - I usually want moremoremore!

The One Thing is a fantastic contemporary, and I think any fan of the genre will want to read and add it to their collection!

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